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Isle of Palms Weekend

Hello everyone! Catching up? Read about part one of my weekend in Isle of Palms here.

I was really concerned that it was going to be cloudy and gray on Saturday but miraculously, right after I hit “publish” on my blog post, the clouds parted and the sun shined all day. It was beautiful!

I hurried out to meet up with everyone and this is how I was greeted at the pool.

I warned y’all that I would be posting cute baby pictures! 😉

Brandon and I went down to the beach and enjoyed a little quiet beach time and conversation with just the two of us. When hunger finally struck we went back up to the pool for a lunch.

I had a salad topped with mahi and balsamic vinaigrette. Nice and light.

After lunch we played beach games (bocce anyone!?), swam and read. Then it was pina colada time!

Brandon blended up pina coladas with a generous dark rum float. Is there anything better than pina coladas poolside on vacation? 😀

My niece, Scarlett, was feeling a little fussy and I was feeling a little too sun-kissed so I moved into the shade and tried to get her to relax.

Apparently I am the baby whisperer – after a little singing and rocking she was out cold on my lap. My sister in law told me this was the first time she’d ever napped outside.

I passed her off to Brandon when she woke up and he had fun putting her into baby yoga poses.

Happy baby! (Actually more like grumpy baby!)

We had dinner reservations at Hank’s in downtown Charleston Saturday night. Brandon and I are terrible about taking pictures together so we had a quick photo shoot before dinner.

Hank’s is one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston. They’re known for having amazing seafood.

Brandon and I split a bowl of She Crab Soup to start. It was delicious, rich and full of lump crab meat.

I ordered the special which was Sauteed Cobia over Blue Cheese Gratin Potatoes, Sauteed Spinach and finished with a Truffle Red Wine Sauce.

It was amazing. If you haven’t had Cobia, it is a meaty, mild white fish.

And even though I didn’t really have room for dessert I couldn’t resist. I am in love with the Peanut Butter Pie at Hank’s and haven’t had it in years.

Brandon and I shared this. It was just as good as I remembered and I’m glad I made room for it!

We hit the beach for a couple more hours this morning before heading home. We stopped at Home Team Barbecue on Sullivan’s Island for lunch on the way out. We’d heard great things about it and it lived up to the hype. It also had a great atmosphere with indoor/outdoor open seating – very islandy feeling.

After last night’s feast I wanted to keep it light. I ordered a salad with mixed greens, roasted corn, sunflower seeds, tomato, cucumber and smoked chicken. It was served with a roasted poblano dressing. Delicious!

I was debating a run or yoga class when we got back to Charlotte. The run won because I needed to get the miles in and the yoga class wasn’t until 7:30 and I knew I wouldn’t get home until 9 and would be stressed about everything I needed to do. I’m SO GLAD I decided to run. It took me a lot of motivation to get out there but once I started running I was really in the groove. I ended up maintaining an aggressive pace (for me) and knocking out five miles in 43:40. My average pace was 8:44.

I was sweaty, tired, happy and proud when I got home.

Thumbs up to an awesome effort! 🙂

I didn’t have much of an appetite tonight and a bowl of oatmeal sounded simple and perfect for dinner.

My new favorite summer mix…oats, Bob’s 10-grain hot cereal, water, almond milk, dash salt, cinnamon, chia seeds, half of a banana, dried cranberries and blueberries. On top, Crofter’s, peanut butter and a sliced peach.

And I leave you with this.

Oh my, the NFL pre-season has officially begun and I am losing my husband on Sundays until January. He just informed me that he is going to be in FIVE fantasy leagues this year. Sigh…

Is your significant other a football lover? NFL? Fantasy teams?

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Georgia Bulldogs and don’t miss the games but I can’t do all day football on Sundays too for the NFL!

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  • 1
    betterwhenweretogether August 8, 2010, 10:18 pm

    Wow I love your blog so healthy and delicious! Your pictures are beautiful so tan! Those salads look awesome I’ll have to try and home make one of them! Have a great week!
    Ashley
    Chewingoncherries.wordpress.com

    • 2
      Jen August 9, 2010, 11:32 am

      Ashley – thanks so much for your comment. The salads were great – I love getting inspiration for new salad combinations at restaurants!

  • 3
    kbwood August 8, 2010, 11:15 pm

    Hey girl!! I just started reading your blog and I LOVE IT!! was that in wild dunes? we stay there every summer! gota love it!! did they have bands and shag nights and stuff when yall were there? so fun! anyway- you are BEAUTIFUL!

    • 4
      Jen August 9, 2010, 11:31 am

      Hi there – yes we were in Wild Dunes! I actually used to work there so it holds a special place in my heart! We missed out on the shagging/dancing night on the Grand Pavilion because we were out to dinner but my brother and sister in law went with their little ones and said it was a blast!

  • 5
    Josie August 9, 2010, 9:41 am

    Sounds like an awesome weekend – your dinner looked amazing!!
    Joey does 1 or 2 fantasy football leagues I think, and he runs his office college football pool. Neither of us are really into NFL too much, but we do love the Yellow Jackets! 😉

    • 6
      Jen August 9, 2010, 11:29 am

      Just one comment…Goooo Dawgs! 😉

  • 7
    Lelia King August 9, 2010, 10:42 am

    What a perfect weekend. So glad you could get away. Thanks for sharing!

  • 8
    Ashley August 9, 2010, 11:04 am

    What a fun weekend! Love, love your dress – gorgeous! And now I’m hungry after looking at all of that great food!

    • 9
      Jen August 9, 2010, 11:29 am

      Thanks Ashley – that’s the dress I wore for my rehearsal dinner at Wild Dunes Resort two years ago! 🙂

  • 10
    Cristen August 9, 2010, 11:19 am

    Graham also informed me that last night was the first preseason game. Fortunately, we had dinner company and I did not have to watch. I love football but like to throw all of my support behind my local high school team and the GA Bulldogs. I don’t want to watch random NFL and college games starting on Thursday and ending on Monday of every week. This is just too much for me. Not for Graham. Major battle in our house! Only one fantasy team for Graham. Woohoo.

    • 11
      Jen August 9, 2010, 11:28 am

      I know – I can’t believe that the NFL started doing Thursday night games. It’s not nonstop football in our house Thursday-Monday. Crazy! You’re so lucky that Graham is only on one fantasy team this year. Brandon is pretty much glued to his computer during football season managing his fantasy teams. It’s crazy to me that he is sooo into it!

      I’m a Panthers fan now but I never watch the games because they’re always at 1 p.m. on Sunday and there are just other things I want to do with my weekend!

  • 12
    kat August 9, 2010, 11:55 am

    Looks like a fun weekend! Jealous ~ we need to get back down to Charleston soon…I have family there and we usually go at least a few times a year but haven’t been this year (1st year in about 8 that we didn’t do the Bridge Run! having withdrawals…). Anyway, I am lucky that Joe is only a DAWG football fan…he could really care less about NFL. So we are always busy on Saturdays w/ SEC games but that small amount is handleable and fun, and all my family is from GA, so I’m a fan by default…so I love it, too. And no Fantasy Football for him. Thank goodness.

    I’m in Charlotte this week til Wednesday visiting family…maybe we’ll run into each other! Take care ~

  • 13
    Nicole - yuppieyogini.com August 10, 2010, 10:41 am

    Sleeping baby in your lap–doesn’t get any better than that. What a sweet picture!

  • 14
    Natalie (The Sweets Life) August 12, 2010, 4:04 pm

    first of all, great pictures and adorable nieces!!

    secondly, you look gorgeous in that white dress and SO tan. I’m jealous!

    finally, FIVE fantasy football leagues? that made me laugh. insane!

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